UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The MSc in Biosocial Medical Anthropology is for those wishing to gain proficiency and understanding of biosocial approaches in examining disease, health and medicine. It draws from cross-disciplinary expertise in medical anthropology, human ecology and environment, and biological anthropology. It aims to equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop careers that engage with and make use of a biosocial approach. The degree will introduce students to key themes in the field of biosocial medical anthropology. Compulsory methodological training components will provide skills in both quantitative and qualitative research (including statistical analysis) and the integration of these methods. Practical class-based exercises, discussions and examples will enable critical engagement with the methodological opportunities and challenges of developing biosocial research and approaches for addressing global and public health, including infectious and chronic disease.

The programme is aimed at candidates who wish to gain the appropriate bio-social training that might lead to a PhD in the fields of medical anthropology and/or biological anthropology and for those seeking to apply biosocial approaches to address health care challenges and interventions in their professional work. Biosocial medical anthropology is a new and cutting-edge interdisciplinary approach that will equip students with the skills to think critically and engage with the biosocial contexts of health, disease and medicine. We expect graduates of this programme to be able to develop careers in academia, clinical research, public health, government and non-governmental organisations. This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,750 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,750 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,790 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,375 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,375 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £11,060 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For the ?Open Pathway? statistical background training will be required (A level or equivalent.)
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?distinction? in all components; overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7.5
  • TOEFL score: 109